By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
A total of 27, 000 people in Osun are to benefit from the Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme of the Federal Government, an official said on Thursday.
Mrs Idiat Babalola, Special Adviser to Osun governor on Federal Matters, made the disclosure at Owode-Ede, during a two-day step down training programme organised by the state Ministry of Women, Children and Social Affairs.
The special adviser said that the beneficiaries were selected without “bias, favour, political affiliation, culture or religion.”
Babalola said that the programme was being coordinated by the office of the Vice President.
She urged local government facilitators to ensure adequate counselling of those selected, to ensure proper utilisation of the fund.
In her address, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs Omolara Ajayi, said that the scheme was being supported by the World Bank and states to empower one million extremely poor and vulnerable households across the country.
Ajayi, who was represented by the Director, Finance and Administration of the ministry, Mrs Kehinde Odediran, said that 12 local government areas in the state had been selected to benefit from the scheme.
Ajayi urged the local government facilitators and stakeholders to contribute their quota to ensuring the success of the state’s social investments programmes, and the cash transfer scheme.
Dr Lawrence Martins, sttate Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), said that the federal government had concluded plans to support and uplift the poor and vulnerable persons across the country.